Re: Fwd: West County schools lay off 351 workers
Well at the very least bring attention to the fact that even though
it isn't blaring in the headlines like last year,
once again we are using very wrong methods to balance our budget
when there are a TON of things our district can do to save money
that never even get considered, simply because it involves long time
dedicated employees who do not see the plastic business vision of
our superintendent and crew fitting for our kids.
And encourage people to come to the meeting on May 11 2005.
And encourage people to question the new positions created and
brought before the baord last week.
And encourage people to question to 2 million bucks we seem to have
to pay to bring the sheirff into our schools.
I don't get it
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Charley Cowens
> This is from last year. Are you trying to encourage people to cometo
> the meeting?wrote:
> Charley Cowens
> On 5/8/05, alicat1967 <ladyluvslife@c...> wrote:
> > --- In email@example.com, "Sharon J." <sj_jpm@u...>
> > Posted on Wed, May. 12, 2004351
> > West County schools lay off 351 workers
> > By Ana Facio Contreras
> > CONTRA COSTA TIMES
> > RICHMOND - The West Contra Costa school board decided to lay off
> > district employees Tuesday night, including 260 teachers.appeared
> > The decision finalized preliminary layoff notices issued in March
> > when
> > the board announced $16.5 million in budget cuts, which included
> > money
> > for sports, school libraries, counselors and elementary music
> > programs.
> > State law requires school districts to warn employees of pending
> > layoffs in March and finalize them by May 15.
> > During four days of hearings in April, hundreds of teachers
> > before administrative law judge Cheryl R. Tompkin, who consideredTeachers
> > appeals of the layoff notices. Since April 6, about 100 layoff
> > notices
> > were rescinded, said Terri Jackson, president of the United
> > of Richmond.school
> > In addition to the 260 teachers Tuesday, 37 counselors; nine
> > psychologists; 12 librarians; and 33 administrators were alsolaid
> > off, said Pat McWilliams, the district's assistantsuperintendent of
> > human resources.room
> > Compared with past meetings on layoffs that have been standing
> > only, Tuesday's meeting was attended by only four people, amongthem
> > Jackson, who commented on the absence of teachers in the nearlyempty
> > multipurpose room at Lovonya Dejean Middle School.said,
> > "I think the question is, where are all the teachers?" Jackson
> > who was the only person who spoke on the layoffs. "I'm here togo
> > represent those teachers to say there's a feeling of hopelessness
> > among them. This is the second year in a row that they've had to
> > through this. I know your job is difficult, but they feel asense of
> > hopelessness and also that they're not respected."it
> > Jackson said many teachers did not show up because they thought
> > waswaste
> > "a done deal."
> > "Life is going on for these teachers and they're not going to
> > time on something they can't control," Jackson said. "Instead,best
> > they're
> > focusing on something they can control, and that is doing the
> > jobJune
> > they can as teachers."
> > The passage of Measure B, an $8 million parcel tax, on a special
> > 8 ballot to help restore many programs cut including counselorsand
> > libraries, would bring back counselors and librarians laid offbe
> > Tuesday, Jackson said.
> > But district officials know that passing the parcel tax will not
> > enough to solve the beleaguered district's budget problems. BoardDon
> > President Charles Ramsey and other district officials traveled to
> > Sacramento on Monday to plead their case to legislators.
> > Since the budget cuts, state Sens. Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch, and
> > Perata, D-Oakland, and Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley,have
> > pledged to pressure other state lawmakers for relief from, if notstate
> > forgiveness of, the outstanding $16.8 million balance on the
> > loan.decision to
> > But until that happens, board members George Harris III and Karen
> > Fenton said they have no choice but to make the difficult
> > laying off certified staff in order for the district to staysolvent.
> >said. "We
> > "It's sad that so many livelihoods are in limbo," Harris
> > hope that many teachers will be recalled but unfortunately wedon't
> > know. This is not what I signed up for when I ran for schoolboard."
> > Pat Player was the only board member absent because of an out-of-
> > meeting.
> > --- End forwarded message ---
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